Animal Research


Commission Replies to "Stop Vivisection" European Citizens' Initiative June 3, 2015

The European Commission has rejected the call by the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) to repeal Directive 2010/63/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 September 2010 on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes.  read more →

A Conversation About Beagle Testing May 27, 2015

A 6th Grade student interested in learning more about the use of beagles in research and testing is able to visit a laboratory animal facility to see firsthand how the animals are treated with care and compassion, and to discuss the important medical advancements that result from animal research.  read more →

Your Dog Can Get Alzheimer's Too February 1, 2015

Older dogs can develop cognitive impairments similar to Alzheimer's disease in humans. Similar cellular changes associated with the disease occur in the brains of both humans and dogs. Currently there is no cure for Alzheimer's disease, and research in dogs can help humans as well as vice versa.  read more →

Researchers Ferret Out a Flu Clue. December 18, 2014

New research demonstrates that both ferrets and humans share a common genetic mutation, which explains why ferrets are susceptible to human influenza strains and have made a good model for studying the pathogenesis of human influenza strains and new vaccinations.  read more →

The ferret genome has been sequenced - and here's why that's good news for you November 20, 2014

Scientists have sequenced the genome of the domestic ferret! It is a big deal. Because the ferret is actually quite an important animal and the information derived from its genome is poised to help researchers better understand not just human health and disease, but also wildlife health.…  read more →

New Research on Dogs with Bone Cancer May Help People. June 27, 2014

Treating bone cancer in dogs may lead to research for treatments that help people with cancer as well, as the same molecule is expressed in canine bone cancer that is also expressed in kids with osteosarcoma and women with breast cancer.  read more →

Why Animals are Vital to Brain Research April 23, 2014

Neurological studies in animals has provided important insight into how the human brain and nervous system functions. Ferret brains have many similarities with human brains, and studies with neonatal ferrets has allowed researchers to understand the developing brain, as well as study potential treatments for victims of neurological disease and traumatic brain injuries.…  read more →

Animal study yields promising results for measles drug April 16, 2014

Measles vaccination gaps have stalled efforts to further reduce the burden of the disease, but early results from tests in ferrets suggest that health departments may someday have an oral drug to help knock down outbreaks.  read more →

Helping Blind Dogs See Could Help Fight Human Blindness. January 2, 2014

Dogs' eyes are similar to humans, and studying genetic patterns that lead to blindness in dogs may help pave the way for treatments in humans as well, including treatments for glaucoma and retinitis pigmentosa.  read more →


Animals have played a significant role in almost every major medical advance in the last century.

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